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What is a Video Curriculum Vitae?

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A Video CV provides job seekers with a method to showcase their abilities in a more animated fashion. Back in the 1980s, video CVs were first introduced for distribution via VHS video tape. However, the practicality and expense associated with recording your video CV and distributing it meant that the concept never really took off. Now, with super-fast broadband and free video hosting on sites like YouTube, and most PCs and laptops being equipped with video cameras, video CVs are more likely to gain traction.

What types of jobs would a Video CV be suitable for?

Your video CV allows potential employers to get a feel of who you are. Your video CV will also attract recruiters and HR managers who are trying to fill specific roles. In our opinion, we think that video CVs will help job hunters looking for work in the following types of roles:

  • Acting
  • Modelling
  • Hostessing
  • Sales
  • Theme park rider operators
  • Theme park hosts

What skills will an employer be able to assess on your Video CV?

As with a written CV, your video CV must be kept up to date and recorded many times until you get it just right. You will only get one chance to make a first impression, so only post your video online, or send a link to your chosen recruiter once you've got a friend or two to give you their honest opinion.

Recruiters will be watching your video and assessing your:

  • Overall presentation
  • Tone of voice
  • Ability to engage your audience
  • Gesticulation
  • Surroundings

What are the disadvantages of Video CVs?

Video CVs provide recruiters with the perfect opportunity to reject you from the screening process before they have even met you. They enable employers to discriminate against you based on age, race, social class, weight and many other factors that a written CV doesn't.

Your goal as a job seeker is to get through the door and impress the recruiter; not to be ousted from the screening process before you win the interview. So, think carefully before you go off and record a video CV.

Do you have to produce a Video CV?

Whether you produce a video CV or not really depends on the industry you are trying to get into. For example, we're not sure that accountants will be able to translate their skills in a remotely engaging fashion; whereas a wannabe actor's video CV might be highly entertaining.

The general feeling in the recruitment sector is that a video CV usually doesn't provide enough detail about your career history to be useful. We consider video CVs a nice to have.

If you are still keen to get your CV published in video format, then please get in touch today to find out how we can help you.

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